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Fall & Halloween Ideas for Parties & Porch

Halloween is coming upon us fast! Can you believe how time flies? It seems like a few days agohalloween ideas when the redbuds and dogwoods were in bloom here in my part of the world. Now the nights are downright chilly and the days have a soft warmth, which I love. The time is at hand to start coming up with Halloween ideas, as well as fall decorations.

Halloween Ideas for your Party

I turn to Pinterest for ideas for any occasion. There are so many great DIY Halloween ideas, fall decorations, fun recipes, and everything else you could ever come up with. Some of my favorite Halloween pins:

  • This skull cheese ball tickles me. I had planned to make it for our Halloween party, but we’ve decided not to have one and go to a haunted house, pumpkin patch, and other fall goings-on instead.
  • How about this all meat party table? I love it, although I wasn’t going to do this one for our party-too costly. But so cool!
  • Now this one I was so going to do! A bowl of worms, hehe. Only I was going to put alcohol in them for jello shooters. 🙂

Here are some great online stores to get your supplies for your party, costume, and decorations:

  • Dollar Days is a great place to shop for party favors and decorations at wholesale prices. When you sign up for an account with them you get free shipping on your first order. So why not check out the Dollar Days Halloween Store. You may find just what you need!
  • A quirky, outside-the-box online store you’ll want to check out is Things You Never Knew Existed. They have some really cool things. Click this link and receive 20% off all Halloween items!
  • Annie’s has all kinds of craft patterns and supplies, including Halloween. Check them out for some fall and Halloween ideas.

Fall Decorations for your Porch & Lawn

Here’s a link on Pinterest for 27 Fall Porch Decorating Ideas. Love these! Lots of great ideas to pretty up the outside of your home.

You can make pretty wreaths from bittersweet. Bittersweet grows in a large portion of thefall decorations United States. It is a thick vine with leaves and towards fall they develop orange “balls”. These balls open up in the fall and expose pretty bright berries. You can do cuttings for flower arrangements, as well.

Another thing I love for fall (or any occasion, really) is burlap flags and wall hangings. Here’s a really cute one.

I hope you come away from this post with some inspiration. It’s a great time of year for street fairs, festivals, bonfires, and decorating.

If you try out any of these ideas and/or websites, please let me know. I’d love to see photos, too.

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Blog Round-Up: Fave Posts on Finances, Recipes & More

As you can tell, I don’t stick with one subject (or niche) on this blog. I like to write about a variety of subjects: finances, self-improvement, recipes, etc. I also follow a number of other bloggers. So this week I’m doing a blog round-up, sharing with you those blogs and posts that I find interesting and that go along with some of the same things I write about.

Finances

Earning Money Online

  • The Selling Family-Jessica Larrew does a great job of helping you through every detail of selling on Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). I haven’t started this side hustle yet, but I’m reading all the emails from Jessica as I have time so that when I’m ready to begin, I’ll know what to do. I’m hoping when I have the finances for it, I’ll have a great little side business. Here’s her post “A Beginners Guide For Starting An Amazon FBA Business“. You can also sign up for her Amazon Boot Camp.
  • Side Hustle Nation-Nick Loper is fantastic! He has so much information on his website. There are a lot of ideas for side ventures and tons of interviews and tips to get you started. financesAmazon FBA is also one his side hustles, but my favorite post from him is “99 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today”.
  • The Work at Home Wife-blog by Angie Nelson. She has a lot of great work-at-home tips and ideas. I joined her Facebook Community Group and posted a concern about my blog and she answered it with a great tip. I’ve noticed that she really tries to help out others trying to make a living at home.

Saving Money

Personal Development

  • Live Purposefully Now-Elle Sommer and her staff writers provide tons of self-improvement posts. One such post is “5 Ways to Cultivate Self-Love and Reclaim Your Life“. There are many others.
  • The Grief Toolbox-Offers information about the grieving process and tools to help you through and find hope once again. A great website if you’re coping with loss and/or feeling alone in your grief.
  • Steve Pavlina-Steve’s blog is all about “Personal Development for Smart People”. He talks about “conscious growth” and finding your purpose. Along with Elle Sommer, he has a lot of self-improvement information.

Food

Crochet

  • My Merry Messy Life-Sara provides posts on crochet patterns, food, and living green. She has lots of great ideas. This link will take you to her free crochet patterns page.
  • There are just too many great crochet blogs out there to list very many, so I’m just going to provide a link to my Pinterest board for crochet patterns. There are some absolutely darling ones in this board.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these blogs and pins. I’d love to hear from you about them, especially if you’ve tried any of the recipes or tips.

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20 (Mostly) Free Activities for the Kids

Summer is in full swing and the kids are home climbing the walls, right? Need to get them out of the house or entertained? I’ve come up with some ideas for (mostly) free activities to do withfree activities your children to help the summer pass by more smoothly.

Some of these ideas are probably no-brainers for most parents, but I threw them in the list anyway. 🙂

Outdoor Adventures

  1. Most towns have a small local park. Take them to play on the equipment and have a cheap picnic on the ground. Sometimes county parks have low-cost paddleboats for rent.
  2. Go swimming. One of our local water parks is half price after 4 p.m. And you can search the internet for discount coupons or coupon codes. Or find a lake where you can swim for free.
  3. State and national parks are free! Cumberland Falls and Perryville National Historic Site are(mostly) free activities two that are fairly close to my home. Sometimes there are special events at these parks, so check their websites before you go. Along with some exercise, you can use these excursions as learning experiences. The last time I went to the Falls there was a cool reptile show.
  4. Take a walk and explore. Pretend you’re on safari or digging for bones. Kids love this kind of stuff and it fuels their imaginations. My friend’s grandma always did those types of things with her and it’s among her fondest memories.
  5. Go camping. You can find cheap campsites, especially if your camping in a tent. Or you can pitch a tent in the backyard, make s’mores, and tell stories around the fire just like you’re in a campground.
  6. Go fishing. Fishing is a relatively cheap activity if you’ve already got all the equipment. You can get a dozen nightcrawlers for $2 or $3.
  7. Get out the Slip ‘n Slide or sprinkler and let the kids run through the water. Guaranteed to bring shrieks of delight!
  8. Go to the zoo. Most zoos have discount packages. The Cincinnati Zoo offers AAA discounts, money-off tickets through Kroger, and military discounts. If you take your own lunch it will be even cheaper.

Free Activities Indoors

  1. Gather up all your board games and have a game night or game day. Be creative and make up your own rules.
  2. Movie night! Watch movies from Netflix, Hulu, or the Red Box. Red Box frequently has discounts. Alternatively, you could go to a free movie under the stars. A lot of towns offer Friday Night Flicks.
  3. Have a dance party. Pull up appropriate kids music on Pandora and let ’em get their groove on.
  4. Have a crafting party. Most of us have all kinds of paper, crayons, and other craft items. Let the kids create some cool things. Maybe they could even come up with homemade holiday gifts. Check out Pinterest for some ideas.

More Indoor Fun!

  1. Take them to a museum. There are many small museums that are free, mainly ones located in parks and historical sites. You may also be able to find art, history, and children’s museums that are free and offer free activities for the kids.
  2. Libraries are awesome free places to take your children. Most have summer readingfree activities programs and offer free activities as well. Book stores are great too, and some of them also  have summer reading programs. My favorite is Half Price Books. Their kids books are so inexpensive!
  3. Go bowling. KidsBowlFree.com and Coupons.com have coupons for free bowling for your kids!
  4. Go out to eat. Many restaurants offer free meals for kids. Here is a website listing lots of restaurants with offers and discounts for children. And here’s another one. 🙂
  5. Take them to the skating rink. Kids Skate Free is a website offering free skating for the young ‘uns.

More Great (Mostly) Free Activities

  1. How long’s it been since you’ve gone to a drive-in? Remember those clunky microphones you used to have to hook up to your window? Even though you listen to the movie through your radio these days, it still makes me feel nostalgic whenever we go to the drive-in. Ourfree activities drive-in gives you a coupon for 2 kids half-price next time you come. And you can always surf the net for discounts. Just stay away from the costly snack bar.
  2. Take them to a free sports clinic. These are generally offered on college campuses.
  3. Vacation Bible School. Even if you don’t have a home church, you can still send your child to VBS. Many churches offer free pick-up and drop-off services.
  4. Last but not least, take the kids to local events. There are all kinds of little towns around me that have free festivals and car shows with musical entertainment.

Don’t forget, no matter what you decide to do, check the internet for coupons, coupon codes, and other discounts. Groupon is one place to check as well as sites like Fat Wallet and Slick Deals.

Most importantly, have fun and stay cool. For more money saving tips check out a couple of my other posts. Please comment if you have any other great cheap ideas.

Yard Sales, Fairs, & Festivals 2016

yard salesIt’s that time of year again. Time for yard sales, fairs, festivals, and outdoor flea markets. There’s always a lot of attractions to visit from spring through fall. I know I’m hoping to go to at least some yard sales and the Little World’s Fair in Brodhead, KY this year. I’ve compiled some information on events that may interest you.

Yard Sales

There are four major yard sales that I’m aware of that run through my neck of the woods:

  1. US 25 Yard Sale-June 2-4, 2016. It’s the fifth annual sale and the 4th longest in America. It spans more than 565 miles on US 25 and 25W from Covington, KY to Woodfield, NC and Clinton, TN. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
  2. 400 Mile Sale-June 2-5, 2016. This sale goes along Highway 68 from Paducah, KY to Maysville, KY. Here is their website for more information.
  3. 127 Corridor Sale-August 4-7, 2016. It’s touted as the world’s longest yard sale at 690 miles, running from Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL. Check out their site.
  4. East 80 Yard Sale-Labor Day weekend. From London, KY to Manchester, KY. They have a Facebook page.

Fairs

There are sooo many fairs & festivals. Here’s a few that I find interesting:

  1. Ohio State Fair-end July-early August. One of the largest state fairs in America, check out their website for more information. Ohio is my home state.
  2. Indiana State Fair-August. You can get more information about the sixth oldest state fair fairshere. The fair has had many famous visitors and is nationally known for many of their showcases.
  3. Kentucky State Fair-mid-August. Attracts over 600,000 visitors each year. One of their attractions is a World Championship Horse Show. For more information, here’s a link.

For more information about our state fairs, here’s an interesting Top 30 State Fairs website.

Our local fair in Brodhead has been running for many years. It’s the first week of August every year. Here’s their Facebook link.

Festivals

Just about every town in America has at least one festival every year. In my area we have quite a few. There are just too many to name, but I found 2016 Top 100 Events with some very interesting events. Maybe you can find something the whole family will enjoy that isn’t too far from your home.

Craft Showscraft shows

There are numerous craft shows all year long, but especially spring-Christmas. A lot of local churches and other organizations hold them, sometimes for charity. Here’s another website to check out for dates and locations of some of them.

Here’s a fun fact for ya-March is National Craft Month.

I hope you find something really cool to do this season!

Making Changes & Searching for a Purpose

I’m going to be making some changes to the website and the content that I provide. Hopefully it will be more engaging and enjoyable. I’ll admit, the possibility of earning income from this site was one of my main drives at the beginning. But I’ve been doing some soul-searching lately about what I want to do with my life and what exactly is my purpose. I still haven’t come to a full conclusion, but I do know that the possibility of being able to help others is more exciting to me than earning money. (Even though the money would be an added bonus <grin>) I’m not even sure that I have enough wisdom to impart, but I’m sure going to try.

I’m still going to write about the same topics I’ve been sharing with you, but I also want to purposeexpand and write about other things that I’ve experienced and learned. I don’t want to stick with a niche that will draw people to my blog in order to earn ad money. I want to be real with you and myself in my writing.

I’m working on a series of articles on grief that I’ll hopefully be sharing soon. I’ll also be writing about love after loss, our purpose, and other subjects as well as saving and earning money, crocheting, cooking, and anything else I feel strongly about.

I follow Elle Sommer’s blog Live Purposefully Now; she offers a lot of insight into the things I’m working on. I hope you will enjoy her thoughts too.

My venture in writing has definitely been a learning experience and I’m going to continue to search for my purpose. Along the way I want to be of service to someone with my words. I truly hope that I can accomplish my goal. Thank you for being a part of this endeavor.